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Old 01-24-2018, 03:04 PM
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Default Spectre and Meltdown

anyone worried about these? i heard the patches for these design flaws will slow down your processor.

This affects all computer chips since like the 90s, and also android phones
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Meltdown is specific to Intel processors, and is much worse than Spectre.

Not particularly concerned since they were already working on patches when it was leaked to the public.
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Steve Gibson spoke about this at length on several of the Tech TV podcasts. He has written a free program (In Spectre) that you can run to check the status of your system:
https://www.grc.com/inspectre.htm

This will notify you if the patches may be slowing your computer. It will even change the registry to disable the patches, if desired.
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Good summary on ThreatWire:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNgiYM8e5iE
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is there an option to not patch? i doubt anyone would use this elaborate hack to get in to my personal computer
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is there an option to not patch? i doubt anyone would use this elaborate hack to get in to my personal computer
Yes, you can use Steve Gibson's InSpectre program to disable the patches, if desired. For example, you may see a larger impact on PC performance as a side effect of the patch.
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is there an option to not patch? i doubt anyone would use this elaborate hack to get in to my personal computer
They already have to be in your computer to use either hack. Spectre and Meltdown just let them do more damage once they're in.
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They already have to be in your computer to use either hack. Spectre and Meltdown just let them do more damage once they're in.
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